American Lung Association Strongly Opposes H.R. 910

Statement of Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association

Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2011)

The American Lung Association is gravely disappointed by the passage of H.R. 910 by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. This bill blocks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from setting sensible safeguards to protect public health from the adverse effects of air pollution.

The Clean Air Act guarantees all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, air that is safe and healthy to breathe. Despite tremendous air pollution reductions, more progress is needed, and H.R. 910 severely limits the EPA’s ability to fulfill that promise.

In addition to protecting public health, the Clean Air Act reduces health care costs for all by preventing thousands of adverse health outcomes, including: cancer, asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes, emergency department visits, hospitalization and premature deaths. A rigorous, peer-reviewed analysis, “The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020,” conducted by EPA, found that the air quality improvements under the Clean Air Act will save $2 trillion by 2020 and prevent at least 230,000 deaths annually.

H.R. 910 clearly puts special interests ahead of public health and demonstrates that Congress is out of touch with the American public. The Lung Association conducted a bipartisan survey in February 2011 which showed nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose Congressional action that interferes with the EPAs efforts to update clean air standards. Three out of four voters support the EPA setting tougher standards on specific air pollutants, including mercury, smog and carbon dioxide, as well as setting higher fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks.

The American Lung Association strongly urges the U.S. House of Representatives to reject H.R. 910 and to protect Americans and their families by supporting the continued implementation of the Clean Air Act.

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